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Lawyer tells cop to sue State, Jamaicans for Justice

Published:Tuesday | July 30, 2013 | 9:39 AM

The lawyer representing one of the cops freed of the 2002 shooting death of a mentally-ill man has advised his client to sue the State and lobby group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ).



Detective Sergeant Claudia Green and Corporal Omar Crossdale were freed in the Home Circuit Court yesterday after the Director of Public Prosecutions offered no further evidence.



The cops were accused of the murder of 25-year-old Damion Roache.



Attorney-at-Law Peter Champagnie, who represented Sergeant Green, is blaming the JFJ for the time the case prolonged in the court.



Champagnie says the case dragged on for a year because the JFJ had said it could provide witnesses.



He pointed out that as recent as yesterday, the prosecutor outlined to the court that up to last week a legal representative of the JFJ had said it could provide witnesses.



Attorney-at-Law Oswest Senior Smith, who represented the other cop, Omar Crossdale, said he found it quite disappointing and strange that even after a second coroner's inquest at the insistence of JFF in 2006 there was no civilian witness at that hearing.



Smith said the statements of the witnesses were read to the jury.



He said that the witnesses never attended the Home Circuit Court either.



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